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Tommy Pham walks off the Rangers in the 11th inning

Aug 21, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Mantiply (35) throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their offense appearing dead for most of the game, the Diamondbacks came through when it counted to defeat the AL West’s top-ranked Texas Rangers

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The lengthy evening kicked off as an enthralling pitching duel between the Rangers’ Jordan Montgomery and the Diamondbacks’ bullpen.

Up until extra innings, both teams recorded just four hits.

Among the Diamondbacks’ bullpen, it was rookie Slade Cecconi who made the most significant contribution. By pitching five innings of one-run baseball, Cecconi effectively managed the workload, preventing the team from exhausting too many arms.

However, as the offense continued to struggle, Arizona found themselves trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

This changed when Ketel Marte crushed a solo home run off closer Aroldis Chapman, propelling the game into extra innings.

Both teams would go on to go scoreless in the 10th, which setup an epic finish in the 11th.

With Kevin Ginkel on the mound for Arizona, the Rangers managed to score two runs in the top of the 11th inning.

But, once again, the Diamondbacks were not done yet.

After Nick Ahmed popped out and Corbin Carroll followed suit, leaving a runner at second base with two outs, the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Ketel Marte.

This is a decision that they would ultimately regret.

First, Geraldo Perdomo slashed a double to bring the Diamondbacks within one.

Then, Tommy Pham finished the job with a line drive into the gap to end the game.

With this win, the diamondbacks have now won nine of their last 11 games and three-in-a-row.

They will wrap up their two-game series against the Rangers tommorow night with their ace Zac Gallen taking the mound.


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